Month: December 2016

Holiday Hack Challenge: Update #6.5

After finishing the debug/development server a couple of hours ago I thought I’d go to sleep and get some rest.  Instead, I took a short break, composed myself, and went head first into the exception server.  It should go without saying that if I’m blogging about it, I must have been successful.   Indeed, I was.  This server was indeed… Read more →

Holiday Hack Challenge: Update #6

While I planned on hacking and getting a little tipsy this evening I really did a LOT of documentation around many of the terminals that had been accessed earlier in the game.  I had recorded the answers without documenting how I got to those answers.  Following that I finally got into hacking some more.  This evening I decided to exploit… Read more →

Holiday Hack Challenge: Update #5

If you’ve been following me I do apologize for the lack of posts.  The fact is I haven’t been super motivated to tackle the servers.  With most of the holidays behind me and boredom setting in I decided it was finally time to get back to work. So, I started with a new found motivation and have been fairly successful.… Read more →

Holiday Hack Challenge: Update #4

          The last 24 hours have been pretty eventful.  Santa has been rescued and Christmas has mostly been saved.  I’ve circled back on a couple of the challenges that had multiple solutions and have been working on solving those and documenting them properly.  There are still several NetWars coins that have eluded me and I still… Read more →

Holiday Hack Challenge: Update #3

  Yesterday I knocked out Question 5 by recovering the password from the Cranberry Pi. I also spent a bit of time tidying up and improving the quality of the the documentation around the story and solutions up to this point.  One thing is certain, the documentation is going to have to be meticulous and correct.  The guy that won this… Read more →

Holiday Hack Challenge: Update #2

Moving into day two I began making a serious effort to look for clues in the SantaGram application. After loading the application in Genymotion I found several useful posts from Santa’s team of development elves that gave some additional clues. Then I began using JADX to explore the APK file.  There was a lot more valuable data in the application… Read more →

Holiday Hack Challenge: Update #1

  Day one started out with a bang. I initially started out video recording my progress with the intent to take notes from the video.  About an hour into exploring the map, and after some of consideration, I decided to start over.  Part 1 of the challenge doesn’t even require you to leave the Dosis house.  SANS has also posted… Read more →

Hack Challenge – Delayed

While I’m a little disappointed that the Holiday Hacking Challenge is being delayed until next week I also understand they want everything to be right.  There’s a lot of excitement this year as could be expected and there are already clues being put out by SANSPenTest so it’s not like there isn’t something to start getting familiar with for this year’s challenges.… Read more →

Holiday Hacking Challenge

Only three more days until the SANS Holiday Hacking Challenge.  I try to participate in this each year and look forward to participating in it again this year.  I’ll try to post updates as I work through the challenges without revealing too much about the solutions. I don’t want to give answers away to anyone who might be Google Hacking for… Read more →